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Feb 17, 2013 6:30pm PST
congress gathers to hear the president, used to be known as "the people's house." but money power owns the lease now and runs the joint from hidden back rooms. you're looking at the most expensive congress money can buy. the house races last fall cost over $1 billion. it took more than $700 million to elect just a third of the senate. the two presidential candidates raised more than a billion a piece. the website politico added it all up to find that the total number of dollars spent on the 2012 election exceeded the number of people on this planet -- some seven billion. most of it didn't come from the average joe and jane. 60% of all super pac donations came from just 159 people. and the top 32 super pac donors gave an average of $9.9 million dollars. think how many teachers that much money could hire. we'll never actually know where all of the money comes from. one-third of the billion dollars from outside groups was "dark money," secret funds anonymously funneled through fictional "social welfare" organizations. those are front groups, created to launder the money inside the deep po
Feb 17, 2013 6:00pm EST
know, their first ever elections, there was, you know, a lot of use of state funds in electioneering. folks who were sitting in the parliament were, an existing parliament were running around in state cars doing their campaigning. >> this has been a communist governed country? >> communist governed country. and then i had a great, i had a great teacher in law school, lani guinier, who really opened my eyes to a number of issues related to democratic process. and it's been a set of issues that i've cared about ever since. >> what are you after in new york state? >> so we're after a comprehensive system of campaign finance reform. i got involved in this really actively after citizens united on the belief that there is still despite the supreme court's rulings that there is a suite of reforms that would be transformative in the way that money flows in and around politics. and that's now on the table in new york state. it starts with disclosure obviously. but it really focuses around what we're calling citizen funding, a form of public financing that allows candidates the opportunity, gi
Search Results 0 to 9 of about 10 (some duplicates have been removed)